County Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 26, 2009

Council defers water and sewer fees

The Anne Arundel county council passed a bill Monday night allowing developers to defer connection fees for water and sewer facilities for five years.

The bill, which was introduced in February as an emergency ordinance, was meant to help keep some developers from possibly losing their properties to June's tax sale, in which the county sells liens on delinquent properties.

According to the bill, interest for the deferral fees would be 8 percent. Because the bill is an emergency ordinance, it would go into effect five days after it is signed by the county executive, rather than the usual 45 days.

Tyeesha Dixon

Phennicie to run for county council

Mike Phennicie, a north Anne Arundel County community activist and Severn resident, was expected to announce Thursday that he will run to be the next District 2 councilman.

Phennicie has lived in the county for almost 40 years, he said. The District 2 seat is currently held by C. Edward Middlebrooks, whose term expires in December.

Tyeesha Dixon

100 Club dinner

The 100 Club of Anne Arundel County will hold its ninth annual recognition dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie.

The evening will include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a jazz band, silent auction, dinner and awards presentations.

"Unsung Hero Awards" will be presented to individuals who performed above the call of duty from the firefighting, police and emergency services departments. A salute will be given to those in public service who died in the line of duty.

The 100 Club provides supplemental benefits to the families of law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Tickets are $65. Tables of 10 are $600.

Information: 410-625-6110, 410-437-5958 or 410-255-1014.

Disability Issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Chesapeake Room on the second floor at 2664 Riva Road, Heritage Complex, Annapolis.

Dotty Ackler, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Anne Arundel Affiliate, will explain NAMI's mission and programs.

A family caregiver and a person with mental illness will share their experiences of coping with the disorder.

Information on NAMI's Walk for the Mind of America on Saturday at the University of Maryland, College Park, also will be given.

Individuals in need of special accommodations should contact the ADA office at 410-222-4383 voice/Maryland Relay 711 or e-mail ex jord00@aacounty.org.

Greenhaven meeting

The Greenhaven Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at George Fox Middle School, 7922 Outing Ave., Pasadena.

The guest speaker will be a fire department official.

Members will discuss crime, traffic problems, public utilities, energy issues and other items of concern to residents.

Information: www.thegreenhaven.com.

Democrats dinner

The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee will hold the annual Jefferson/Jackson Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Congressman Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, will be the featured speaker.

He was elected to Congress from the 8th District in 2002 and serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means as well as the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Rep. C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger will also speak.

The public is invited.

Tickets are available online at www.anne arundeldems.org or by calling 443-939-8113.

Maritime heritage

The 2009 Maryland Maritime Heritage Festival will be held Friday to Sunday, May 3 in downtown Annapolis.

The weekend begins at 5 p.m. Friday with a BoatFest & Sailing Party in the parking lot deck of Fawcett Boat Supplies on the City Dock.

Admission is $15 at the door or $10 in advance. Information: 410-263-0415.

The festival is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with live music throughout the day, including Broadway in Concert's version of South Pacific, a Boating Olympics, a family scavenger hunt and other events.

Sunday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., features music, a pet parade, a Chester River Runoff, Blessing of the Fleet and the J/24 World Championship Opening Ceremony.

Sailing rides, the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Wetlands on Wheels, coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Checks and a variety of family activities will be available all weekend.

Information: www.mdmhf.org.

Golf tournament

The Anne Arundel County Police Foundation will hold its annual golf tournament Friday at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Golf Course on Generals Highway in Crownsville.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with lunch, followed by a shotgun start at noon.

Entry fee is $150 and includes food on the course, golf, contests, greens and cart, lunch and dinner, and prizes.

Information: 410-266-3125.

Children's fair

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